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Cool tech toy: spherical drone

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Man, I want one! Just to play with if nothing else. But I can imagine a practical civilian use for it: attach a webcam to it and send it off to check on things for you: e.g., go look at the front door of some store that has no website to check what hours it’s […]

Albert Borgmann to give Laing Lectures at Regent

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Albert Borgmann, a philosopher of technology from University of Montana, is coming to Vancouver to deliver the Laing Lectures at Regent College next week (Oct 19 & 20, “The Lure of Technology: Understanding and Reclaiming the World”), so I thought I’d devote a couple of posts to him and his work. I met Dr. Borgmann […]

Blood in the Mobile

Friday, October 14th, 2011

I saw a challenging documentary yesterday as part of VIFF (Vancouver International Film Festival). Blood in the Mobile is the story of Danish director Frank Piasecki Poulsen’s quest to find out the truth behind the so-called “blood minerals” mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He had heard that the mining of coltan (columbite–tantalite), used […]